Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe

Simply The Best Almond Croissant Recipe - inspired by Chef Thomas Keller | jessicagavin.com #thomaskeller #buchonbakery

Hello! You have just stumbled upon one of my all time favorite recipes, flaky, nutty, creamy almond croissants. These beautiful crescents are first made with lots of TLC to create all of the incredible laminated layers, and then filled with the most luscious almond cream. Indeed they are undeniable my culinary cryptonite. So where do all the poor croissant orphans go when no one wants them? Not to fear, they get a makeover and become even more awesome as tasty almond croissants!

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Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Coconut Lactation Cookies

Whole grain oatmeal chocolate chip coconut lactation cookies | jessicagavin.com

Hey all of you incredible breastfeeding momma’s out there, this post is especially for you! Since it’s almost Mother’s Day, I thought this would be an awesome time to share with you a recipe for lactation cookies, what?!? Yep! Cookies especially made for mom’s who are still breastfeeding their little ones.

Last year was undeniably all about babies with many of our close friends growing their families, super fun! I’ve been so blessed to have the most amazing women in my life. My dear friend Tekoah had her gorgeous daughter Siaana just a few weeks before James. We definitely shared experiences and tips throughout our mommy journey together. Tekoah is a culinary and fitness guru (check out her website) and has given me great advice on homeopathic ways to increase milk production.

She recommended trying fenugreek supplements (which totally worked for me) and also baking some lactation cookies which had helped other moms. Each month I’ve been noticing my milk production decreasing since I started working full time again. Now that James is eating more solids, its honestly been really hard for me to see my supply drop with each passing month. When I found out there was a chocolate cookie with added milk-producing benefits, I was determined to do what I could to keep things flowing!

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Jumbo Spicy Garlic Shrimp and Tomato Skillet

Incredible Spicy Garlic Shrimp Ready To Eat | jessicagavin.com #skillet

I’ve been craving shrimp and grits in the worst way since Mardi Gras, so now is time to feed the beast! The movie Forest Gump really put shrimp on its well deserved pedestal, so much so that the popularity of the movie spurred a chain of Bubba Gump Shrimp restaurants!

Shrimp on it’s own is so yummy, with the slight sweetness and mild flavor, versatility and rapid cooking, it’s everything you would want in a healthy meal. This spicy garlic shrimp and tomato skillet is super quick, easy and delicious, leaving you licking your fingers clean and asking for more!… 

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Crunchy Honey Mustard Salmon with Ginger Citrus Sauce

crunchy-honey-mustard-salmon-with-ginger-citrus-sauceCool salty ocean breezes, warm white sand beneath my toes, ahhh I am so ready for a trip to paradise! But alas, my dreams will have to wait until the fall. I’ve been doing a lot of travel research for an upcoming trip to the Caribbean. My best friend Jasmin is planning a destination wedding in the Dominican Republic, and boy do those all-inclusive resorts with endless food and drinks look a-mazing!

I got a little food inspiration from day dreaming of fruity rum cocktails with those cute colorful umbrellas on the beach. To give our salmon Monday’s a little bit of island and Asian twist, I came up with an irresistibly simple crunchy honey mustard salmon with ginger citrus sauce recipe. If you’re ready for an exotic food getaway then keep reading…

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Creamy Pea and Bacon Risotto with Mint

Creamy pea and bacon risotto with mint | jessicagavin.com

Aww man this spring fever has hit our family hard! Our lil guy James got a cold and on top of that he’s teething. No bueno. So of course the rest of the family is gradually getting sick. Jason refers to James’s drool as getting slimed. Not to despair though, sometimes a big bowl of chicken soup will do the trick, but how about a nice hearty creamy bowl of pea and bacon risotto to make you feel all warm and cozy?… 

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Savory Ham and Asparagus Quiche Recipe

delicious ham vegetable quiche | jessicagavin.com

Quiche combines my two favorite meal times together, breakfast and dessert. Thank you quiche! I just love saying that word. You can’t get any more decadent then filling a tender buttery crust with rich savory egg custard. For this year’s Easter brunch make sure you have this delicious ham and asparagus quiche on the table. You wouldn’t have thanksgiving without pumpkin pie would you? Make sure this spring staple is served nice and warm. I guarantee it will be devoured by your guests!… 

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Irresistible Coconut Caramel Chocolate Bars

Coconut caramel chocolate bars | jessicagavin.com #dessertrecipe

They say that we eat with our eyes first, if that’s true then I just demolished this irresistible gooey stack of coconut caramel chocolate bars, drool. I’m going to warn you now, the recipe I’m going to tempt you with is for the true chocolate and caramel lovers. If you’re also a fan of coconut then you are really in for a treat!

Have you noticed it’s already the season where those sweet and savvy girl scouts are working outside the grocery stores selling those yummy green boxes of goodies. I finally caved and bought a box or two, haha who’s counting anyway. I was inspired by one cookie flavor in particular and wanted to experiment with it as a cookie bar version. These oatmeal cookie bars are like those awesome Girl Scout toasted coconut and chocolate drizzled Samoa cookies that have jumped in a pool of rich golden caramel, oh yes I did go there…. 

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Savory Irish Shepherds Pie with Lamb

Plate full of delicious shepherds pie with lamb bites | jessicagavin.com #recipe

When you think of comfort food what comes to mind? For me, anything with mashed potatoes! Every year I ask my hubby Jason what he wants me to make for Saint Patrick’s day (he’s half Irish), and luckily the verdict this year is… Shepherds pie! How could I deny him of a rich and flavorful stew topped with creamy mashed potatoes? I decided to go with a shepards pie with lamb instead of ground beef, to make the dish a little heartier. Not to mention, we definitely like our lamb recipes at the Gavin household!… 

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Luscious Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel Tart

Dark chocolate salted caramel peanut tart dessert

It’s dangerous keeping any kind of chocolate in my house. If it’s a chip, kiss or truffle, I will seek and destroy (eat quickly and hope no one is watching). Sometimes you just have to have it, so I wanted to treat my friends at work (and me too) for a decadent chocolate indulgence. When I opened the box to reveal my sinful creation, I got a resounding “ooohhhhh ahhhhh”. I knew I had hit the wow factor jackpot and I knew they would love the taste of this luscious dark chocolate salted caramel tart even more…. 

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Caramelized Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis

Caramelized Scallops with Roasted Red Pepper Coulis | jessicagavin.com

My husband and I are big Hell’s Kitchen fans, especially since it reminds me of working the grill station during culinary school which I often miss, pure adrenaline rush! I feel like every season, the cooks are bringing up raw or rubbery scallops to the pass for Chef Ramsey, resulting in lots of profanity and plate slamming. Needless to say, I wanted to see for myself just how difficult it was to make beautiful caramelized scallops.

I used Thomas Keller’s simple and essential technique to accomplish perfectly cooked scallops. I swear, it really is simple, it just requires you to keep an eye on the cooking as scallops are done within minutes. I served these caramelized scallops with a curried roasted red pepper coulis, and my husband had a huge grin on his faced with each bite, and I hope you will too!… 

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